tfredvik (1277) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not surprisingly, both because of the high alcohol content and the fact that this is an Abstrakt, the head is tiny and consists of nothing but a few, big, brown bubbles that doesn’t lace the glass. The beer has a very dark brown, close to black colour and includes some sediments. The aroma is very strong, malty and sweet with roasted notes, dark caramel, chocolate, coffee and liquorice, but also some obvious berries and vinous alcohol. In the back there are also hints of leather, whiskey, honey and dairy products. Lovely! The taste is very, very sweet while the long-lasting finish is moderate bitter. The strong roasted malty flavours follow the aroma, with a bit more peat and whisky (but it’s still verily lightly peated) and port wine, also some muscovado sugar. The liquorice feels quite salty. The alcohol is clean and incredibly well integrated, but of course it’s not exactly hidden. With such an amount of alcohol the close to flat carbonation is fitting. The body is full and the texture is oily. A wonderful beer.
[37.5 cl bottle, bottle 4754/5754, enjoyed 15 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
ghendrix (131) - Cardiff, WALES - JUN 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 Bottles in Brewdog Glasgow & Edinburgh. I love me a cranachan, so was desperate to try this out. It’s glorious. Dark in the glass with raspberries, blackberries, caramel all bursting out. Very sweet in the mouth, warm honey and oak there, and then come the oats... it honestly tastes like cranachan. It’s quite special.
BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - MAY 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong peated, sweet smell of alcohol and raisins. Brown with no head and little carbonation. Sweet and with a long lasting flavour.
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black, almost no head. Sweet aroma of licorice, roasted barley, rasberries and alcohol. Taste is sweet, sweet and sweet.
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thx to Kai for the bottle !
Head: Dark espresso head that fades s quickly as you stop pouring.
Colour: Dark brown when poured, black when in the glass
Smell: very big scents of port wine, red fruits but not particullary rasps, very high sweet and booze content ( my glass stands on a table next to me and i can smell it where i’m seated ! ), balsamic vinegar, high dose of rumtopf and wallnuts, the small is absolutly good !
Taste: salty in the start ( like soy) then comes a high dose of candy sirup, nuts and roasted malts, a bit of anise, strong red wine and a bit of booze ( not as musch as the smell does ), end is very heavy on the palate with lots of bitterness and very dry, aftertaste is a bit of port wine with a burning feeling in the back of the mouth and stomach, very very nice !
_angst_ (3237) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and slightly fruity with roasted malts, raisins, honey, whisky, red berries, alcohol, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and sweet liquorice candy. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter with roasted malts, sweet liquorice candy, raisins, soy sauce, raspberries, honey, whisky, vanilla fudge, dark chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee and toffee. Mouthfeel is round, boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, sweet liquorice candy, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt raisins, raspberries, honey and whisky. I must confess I expected less.
Tinco (581) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black liquid with a bobblu brown head that disappears pretty quick. Aroma: Rich sweet notes, whiskey, soy, vanilla, dark fruits, molasses, sugars, boozy, complex, a slight tart berry in the background. Smells nice! Taste: big sweetness with a boozy warming feeling. Notes of dark sugars, dark fruits, berries, whiskey, booze. There is something in the taste that I can’t put my finger on that is disturbing though...This is a great brew!
mcberko (8136) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle at Brewdog Birmingham, pours black with a small ring of tan head and an amber tinge. Aroma is very pungent, with notes of whiskey, oak chips, some raspberries in the back, and a touch of roasted malt. Flavour brings out a liqueur-ish body, with notes of sweet liqueur, honey, moderate oak chips, alcohol and some mildly sweet cocoa. Very liqueur-ish palate, with a high sweetness, though not cloying in any way. Medium complexity – missing a little something to push it into excellent territory that so far only the Abstrakt AB:04 has achieved in the series. Nevertheless, great stuff.
Pyrmir (3769) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle, rated from backlog. Pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, vanilla, oak, alcohol, chocolate and dried fruits. Taste is heavy sweet with a long warm, oak, vanilla and roasted finish. Full body with oily texture
Mysan_brewing (59) - - APR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell of smoke and dark fruits with some oaky backnote. Pitch black with no Head. A bit like oil. Dark fruits in the taste as well with a dry and smokey aftertaste. Nice sour/bitterness from the rasberries puts a sweetness to this very masculine beer. Low in carbonation and the perfect match to a friday night indoors while the rain is pooring outside:) good choice for a celebration.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone